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Overall 38%
Goods & Services 5%
Housing 105%
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The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexBlue BellPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living138100100
Goods & Services105102100
Groceries117105100
Health care9998100
Housing20591100
Transportation113105100
Utilities110106100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Blue Bell is 38% higher than the Pennsylvania average
  • The cost of living in Blue Bell is 38% higher than the national average
  • Blue Bell housing is 105% higher than the national average
  • Pennsylvania general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Pennsylvania state income tax is 24% higher than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Owners$139,044$11,587$3,244$4,172
      Renters$46,875$3,906$1,094$1,406
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Blue Bell is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Blue Bell has a median income of about $139,044 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $3,244 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $46,875. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,094 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Pennsylvania Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Pennsylvania6%8%

      Pennsylvania Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%

      Goods & Services

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.33$20.270.3%
      Beauty Salon $61.70$40.3952.7%
      Toothpaste $2.35$2.360.5%
      Shampoo $1.07$1.080.9%
      Movie $12.08$10.999.9%
      Bowling $19.22$15.4924.1%

      Groceries

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.33$4.300.7%
      Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4020.5%
      Milk $2.15$2.202.2%
      Potatoes $3.21$3.220.2%
      Pizza $10.86$10.741.1%
      Beer $9.16$9.604.6%

      Health Care

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $114.00$109.733.9%
      Doctor $135.61$118.3414.6%
      Dentist $96.25$100.944.6%
      Ibuprofen $9.95$9.930.2%
      Lipitor $391.58$469.5316.6%

      Housing

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $426,700.00$184,700.00131.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,321.24$1,229.627.5%
      Apartment Rent $1,373.00$949.0044.7%

      Transportation

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.95$2.718.9%
      Tire Balancing $62.28$51.8620.1%

      Utilities

      ItemBlue BellNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$196.35$170.8414.9%
      Phone $195.45$187.184.4%
      Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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      Arcadia University, PA6471098.9%
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      Eagleville CDP (Centre County), PA423990.8%
      East Lansdowne, PA2,661990.7%
      Blue Bell, PA6,40313837.8%

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      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.